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A QuickBooks Desktop for Farm and Ranch Record Keeping workshops will be held Feb. 9, 2019 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Panhandle Research & Extension Center in Scottsbluff. The cost to attend is $65 per person. To register call 308-632-1230.

Jerry Terwilliger teaches the basics of QuickBooks Desktop in this hands-on workshop, focusing on the record-keeping needs of farmers and ranchers. Participants will learn how to input transactions, use accounts, categories, inventories, invoices, and run common reports.

Classes are limited to seven participants each, so please register soon.

A QuickBooks Desktop for Farm & Ranch Record Keeping workshops will be held Jan. 16, 2019 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.  at the Panhandle Research & Extension Center in Scottsbluff. The cost to attend is $65 per person.  To register call 308-632-1230.

Jerry Terwilliger teaches the basics of QuickBooks Desktop in this hands-on workshop, focusing on the record-keeping needs of farmers and ranchers. Participants will learn how to input transactions, use accounts, categories, inventories, invoices, and run common reports.

Classes are limited to seven participants each, so please register soon.

Finding, hiring and retaining quality employees is a major challenge for agricultural producers in western Nebraska. Competition for the available workforce comes from area industries, and the labor market is tight.

A seminar designed to help agricultural employers learn techniques and leadership practices to help motivate and empower employees will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Panhandle Research and Extension Center in Scottsbluff.  Dr. Bob Milligan, Senior Consultant with Dairy Strategies LLC and Professor Emeritus from Cornell University, will lead the seminar.

Topics will include:

• Identifying the future direction of the operation and its workforce needs

A Farmland Lease workshop to be held Jan. 8, 2019 from 1-3 p.m. at the Panhandle Research and Extension Center in Scottsbluff is designed to help landlords and tenants put together a lease that is right for both parties involved and help maintain positive cropland and pasture lease relationships.

Topics for discussion at the leasing workshop include latest information about land values and cash rental rates for the area and state; lease communication, determining appropriate information sharing for both the tenant and landlord; and  lease terminations, including terminating handshake or verbal leases.

Robert M. Harveson, Extension Plant Pathologist
Panhandle R&E Center, Scottsbluff

Plant diseases are often a major yield-limiting factor to many crops grown in the Panhandle. So it is important for these diseases to be properly and rapidly identified, so farmers can implement control measures.

Because of my background and strong interest in disease diagnosis, I began a service in 1999 after arriving at the UNL Panhandle Research and Extension Center with the purpose of identifying disease problems, from samples submitted to the plant pathology lab at the Center.

Efficiency and sustainability are important topics to beef consumers and the future success of the beef industry. These topics are also the theme of Nebraska Extension’s Ranching for Profitability session in 2019.

In January, Ranching for Profitability will be offered as a webinar that beef producers can join from any of 13 downlink locations across Nebraska, or from their home via the internet. A list of sites and registration information follows.

 The webinar will take place on Thursday, Jan. 17, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Mountain Time (6:30-9:30 p.m. Central). Expert university and industry speakers will address genetic changes in cattle breeds; consumer preferences at the meat counter; and protecting herd health.

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